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Happy spring

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Whether it’s your Easter, or just a Sunday. I just wanted to say have a ‘happy day!’

Take time today to enjoy the flowers, plants, insects, animals and people you share this planet with.

This blog is now a year old, thank you for taking the time to share it with me.

Much love to you and yours.

Vix…xxx

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Very Odd

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A butterfly just decided to fly into our kitchen – In January?

Flowers are still flowering from last year, what on earth is going on?

Usually in January everything is pretty much dead or sleeping. It’s a very different January indeed.

Please bare in mind I don’t live in an area that is normally associated with mild weather. The North West of England is wet and cold mostly all year round, expect for our ‘one week of summer’.

Well people who say the climate isn’t changing really need to travel more and see what’s going on around the world as this, my friend, isn’t normal at all!

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Working out next seasons planting

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Last night, G&T in hand, I slowly started working out what needs to go where on the allotment next spring. I have a gardening note book with crop rotations in from 2010 it’s lovely to see what I have planted over the years. Goodness only knows where the past 10 years of other rotations have gone! I work on a four year rotation: salad/free bed, onions/roots, Legumes, Brassica. And they follow each around my plot, never planting in the same spot, well, apart from things like Raspberries etc.

I could plan it all out on a spread sheet or one of those fancy Gardening Apps but there’s a kind of mediation to drawing it out and colouring it in. Whilst your drawing a line your mind can think about what crops should go where, it feels more grounded to me.

This is how I do it anyway, I like doing it like this, but everyone works in a different way. So now it’s time to sort through my seeds and see what I need.

Yipppeeee spring is coming!

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Autumn makes you look back…

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I am very lucky to live just by woods, a typical UK wood. Filled with ancient oaks, tumbling waterfalls and magical Rowan trees which are now are covered with bright red berries. In the spring, the scent of wild bluebells could knock you off you feet, we walk there a lot.

I met my husband there, we got married in the Saxon barn that is nettled amongst it and we named our child in the castle which sits besides the lake and it’s all a stones throw from our family home. It’s extremely special to us. We aren’t rolling in money by the way, the UK is blessed that quite normal houses can be found amongst all this wonderful stuff!

Last year whilst we were walking in the woods we were really upset to find some idiots had pushed many of the Rowan saplings over. It was so sad. We were extremely upset, and straightened as many as we could however one had been snapped in half.

This may sound like a rather trifling matter in the scheme of things. But this wood and all the trees are so beautiful in fact magical and the thought of someone needlessly doing this, frankly pee’d us off. It’s all so perfect, deer run around it squirrels and owls call it their homes. To think so close to a town which kick started the industrial revolution it’s amazing.

So I took that poor old snapped off branch home with us and promised to look after it. And here it is! We watered it, took care of it and a year on it’s growing away quite happily in our family garden.

We plan to return ‘her’ to the woods and replant ‘her’ in the best spot we can find. But for now, we will continue to look after our little friend.

Ok yes, you could say this is a load of old hippy clap trap, but hey, I’m British! despite what the rest of the world thinks, we ‘have’ to stick up for the underdog.

That stiff upper lip which gets brandished around is poppycock, we are huge softies that cannot help but take a hurt sparrow to the vets or bring a poorly tree home.

A nation of big hearts and tall ancient trees…

Oh, and yes! My Father once was so overwhelmed with sadness when he found a sparrow had flown into a window took a sparrow to the vets – it lived to fly again!

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Almost done!

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So most of the beds are manured and covered with plastic for the winter. I will dig in the manure once spring arrives, but for now the worms can do their thing.

I covered it with plastic to keep the weeds from growing through the winter. It works for me anyway.

So my plan for tomorrow, weather depending, is to turn my rickety old shed into a little Havana for the hedgehogs, and other wildlife. It’s almost falling down and I have a nice shinny one at the other end of my plot. So I’m hoping to turn it into the ultimate hotel for my little friends. Inside I will make little hide holes stuffed with straw and make it cozy for them to bed down in.

I’m actually looking forward to making it!

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Love the colours

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Just a quick post to share these beautiful colours with you.

The top boarder around my old shed has burst into wonderful yellows and greens. I love how it has come together. The green buds of the Sedum, the bright yellow from Tansy and the pale yellow/green of the Ladies Mantel.

It was a joy to look at and I just wanted to share with you, soon it will change as the Sedum flowers open into a delicate purple cloud.

It’s little moments like this that bring me so much excitement when I’m pottering around. It forces you to stop and take it in. Tomorrow it will be different again… Breathe it in and savour every passing moment. X

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The Liebster Award

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“The Liebster Award is for bloggers with under 300 followers and the rules of the award is that the nominee must link back to whoever awarded them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate another 11 bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer. It’s a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow.”

I was very kindly given a Liebster award from my friend at A Girl Called Boz http://agirlcalledboz.blogspot.co.uk/

Questions:
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an Actress, but I am so incredibly shy I couldn’t even bring myself to go to drama club at school.

What colour do you think best represents you?

Definitely green, it’s a colour that speaks to my soul. The crazy thing is I hardly have any clothes which are green! But I suppose my allotment and garden makes up for it.

Tells us about a hobby that you might not normally mention on your blog?

I’m a very spiritual person so my beliefs and path never get mentioned. Mainly because religion causes to many wars and arguments. I believe “do what you will, but hurt none”

What is your favourite part of you?

That’s a really tough question, I am grateful to have a happy healthly body, well apart from a very dodgy back. Ermm I’m English we don’t really blow our own trumpets. I guess my favourite part is my eyes as they are identical to my daughters.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee in the morning and at work. But a cup of strong sweet tea when I am at home. I don’t like to associate tea with work.

What’s your earliest memory?

I can remember quite a lot, I have lots of memories at my Nans house, we lived there when I was about 3-4 years old. My Grand Dad who I used to call Berty, was an artist and a Gardener. He was such a lovely gentle man. He would listen to opera whilst painting and gardening and I would sit and watch and join in the music. It made him laugh, I loved making him smile.

What are you scared of?

I’m terrified of something happening to my daughter, a trip or a fall or worse so I am guilty of wrapping her in cotton wool. Gosh it’s hard letting them go and do things. Sometimes I lie awake at night and have panic attacks about all the things that might happen if we go somewhere. Maybe it’s natural for a parent to be like this? I don’t know…

What’s you’re view like right now?

I’m sat in my conservatory looking out into my garden, it’s a rather dull morning, but over the hill next to us there is the promise of some blue sky. Oh the sun has just come out, nice!

Who do you admire/Who inspires you?

Anyone who can follow their dreams. Strong people with passion for their hobbies. As far as famous people go, I love watching a show in the UK called ‘gardeners world’ and there is a lady called Carol Klein, she is my hero! Actually she rang me on my birthday and sang happy birthday! It was so lovely of her, she has so much passion for gardening and has written so many excellent books!

What’s your current obsession?

Hmmm I’m doing a lot of research at the moment into climbing plants for a paper I am going to write. I’m also kind of obsessed with my harvest, and different ways to store it for the winter.

11 random facts about me

1. I am very superstitious
2. I sleep on the left hand side of the bed
3. As soon as a get home from work I put my jim jams on
4. I have lost 3 stone
5. My child when she was born weighed 10lbs 7oz
6. I love Crows, they are my favourite bird, mainly because they are cheeky
7. I secretly buy plants, like other ladies buy shoes and handbags
8. I talk to my car she is a mini clubman called Ozzy
9. I always wear bed socks
10. Hotpot is the way to my heart
11. If I won the lottery I would set up a gardening charity for kids.

My ten questions for my Nominations:

If I ruled the world I would…
Where is your most favourite place?
My idea of fun is…
What is the weirdest thing you have ever done?
What makes you smile?
If you could go back to yourself aged 10 what would you say?
What’s the most useful thing/product you have ever bought or been given?
What is your best tip?
What’s the best thing about your life right now?
How do you switch off and relax?
What was the last book you read?

My nominations, I love these people’s blogs, they are interesting lovely people and I recommend you to read them!

Www.elenaselivan.com
Lauralayne.wordpress.com
Greenlightlady.wordpress.com
Alicedigsforvictory.wordpress.com
Photographyartplus.wordpress.com
Theearthmama.wordpress.com
Horticultural hobbit.wordpress.com
Outofmyshed.wordpress.com
Digginwivdebb.wordpress.com
Levelingtheplot.wordpress.com
Therookieallotmenteers.wordpress.com